Wayne Muller, writer and minister, wrote in his book ‘Sabbath’ this telling statement, “In the relentless busyness of modern life, we have lost the rhythm between work and rest… Our culture supposes that action and accomplishment are better than rest, that doing something… anything…is better than doing nothing. Because of our desire to succeed, to meet ever growing expectations, we do not rest. Because we do not rest, we lose our way.”
It seems to me that many of us who were raised in a very strong work ethic find rest almost unacceptable. There are two words that ring loudly in my ears: lazy and indolent. They are very similar words and have the idea of trying to avoid work. This was just something not allowed or accepted in my upbringing. But the strong work ethic can easily turn into busyness… just in case someone might think us to be lazy.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus